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Old 04-01-2013, 10:20 AM   #1
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part compatability among E46's?

I am looking to replace the rear bumper on my 2000 323CI. Can I buy a used bumper from anyone with an E46 or is there a huge difference between 323 and 328 etc? Is there a way to "check" compatability so I dont buy a bumper that doesnt fit? I noticed the M3 bumper being fixed on a reg E46 - would you guys recommend against doing this? How would it work in the rear since exhaust pipes are different? Anyway, just thinking out-loud here.

Thanks for the input. If you know anyone or personally have a near perfect condition rear bumper then please check out my other post in the selling/buying area of the forum. Long story short PM me with quote to 60074.

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Old 04-01-2013, 10:50 AM   #2
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:54 AM   #3
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oh right i have used that one plenty... ha thanks dude
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:53 AM   #4
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Coupe and convertible are one way and sedans/wagons are another. Just remember that and you are good. I am not too sure about pre/post facelift, but if I were you I'd just stay with 99-01 bumpers.
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:11 PM   #5
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I am looking to replace the rear bumper on my 2000 323CI. Can I buy a used bumper from anyone with an E46 or is there a huge difference between 323 and 328 etc? Is there a way to "check" compatability so I dont buy a bumper that doesnt fit? I noticed the M3 bumper being fixed on a reg E46 - would you guys recommend against doing this? How would it work in the rear since exhaust pipes are different? Anyway, just thinking out-loud here.

Thanks for the input. If you know anyone or personally have a near perfect condition rear bumper then please check out my other post in the selling/buying area of the forum. Long story short PM me with quote to 60074.

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Hi Art. I wouldn't recommend the M3 bumper route. You would also need to have an M3 trunk floor welded in to run that style exhaust.

The costs start getting crazy when you go this route. I regret doing it after the fact. I could have bought a used M3 ( since the prices have gone down ) swapped everything out and then sold my car to recoup most of the cost.

I don't know for a fact, but I think that the regular 3's have minimal differences (if any) in fitment as far as the bumpers are concerned.
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:45 PM   #6
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oh right i have used that one plenty... ha thanks dude
Have you used the "PART NR APPLICATION SEARCH " function on RealOEM.com?
If you put the part number from your car into it, it shows ALL the models that use that part number.

For instance looking up part number "51128222609"

Gives these results:

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Language: Part 51128222609 (Bumper trim panel, primered, rear) was found on the following vehicles:
E46: Details on E46
E46 323Ci Convertible
E46 323Ci Coupe
E46 325Ci Convertible
E46 325Ci Coupe
E46 328Ci Coupe
E46 330Ci Convertible
E46 330Ci Coupe
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:48 AM   #7
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Thanks for the advice guys, appreciate it. I'm tempted to just leave it as is to save money (so probably not going to go the M3 route as it is too expensive) and let some idiot hit my car again so insurance will foot the bill. Right now the cheapest price I have for a paint job is $325 and I probably wont find a used bumper in decent condition for less than $150. New bumper costs $250 so either way I am looking at a lot of $$$ (at least $500) that Id rather spend on something else.
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